Sweet and Satisfying Shortnin’ Bread

Ahh, Shortnin’ Bread. Nothing quite captures the unique character of classic American comfort food like this sugary, spiced, and oh-so-satisfying treat. In addition to its delicious flavor, Shortnin’ Bread is luciously moist with a tender texture that simply can’t be beat.

A Bit of History

Once thought to be of British origin, Shortnin’ Bread is now associated with American Southern cuisine. Though now made with flour, it was traditionally made with cornmeal and believed to have been introduced by the Native Americans who lived in the Southern US.

A Little Sugar and Spice

This recipe is a modern version of the classic American favorite, with a combination of sweet and savory flavors perfect for a mid-day snack, or perhaps even a light dessert. Brown sugar, molasses and allspice give Shortnin’ Bread a subtle sweetness with just a hint of spice.

The Perfect Grandma-Approved Recipe

Shortnin’ Bread is the perfect afternoon snack for kids and adults alike. Though it’s a quick and easy recipe to assemble, Shortnin’ Bread is the simple treat that delivers a rich, buttery flavor, and a tender texture, sure to please even your toughest critic.

Here’s What You’ll Need :

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, molasses, allspice and salt.
  3. Stir in baking soda.
  4. Add melted butter and mix until ingredients are fully incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 8-inch square baking pan.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Shortnin’ Bread is a classic treat that never fails to put a smile on my face. It’s one of those comforting recipes that bring back fond memories of my grandmother’s kitchen. Whether you make it yourself or get a taste of it from grandma, Shortnin’ Bread is the sweet treat that never fails to please.